Letter to Louis | Five Months

Hey there Lou-Boy!

You are 5 months and 12 days; you are dominating at 18.3 lbs and 27 inches long. This has been THE month of growth for you: if you are not rolling around to get to your toys then you are trying your hardest to crawl but your little T-rex arms are no match to your dominant leg strength and what happens next is a graceless scooting across the floor with your butt in the air and your head to the ground. Your dad and I love it. We love how much you’re exploring and examining things around you. The workers like to call you the little supervisor because of how much your head swivels around to take in things around campus.

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You just woke up from your morning nap so things are pretty good right now in the Harris home. The two of us are a bit under the weather, but a runny nose and little cough has not slowed you down one bit. And so, you are also currently lurching your way around the kitchen in your walker, babbling away to the stuffed fish you’ve got clutched in one hand in between your newfound skill of spit bubble blowing. You are fun. And it’s been so much fun getting to witness the emergence of your personality.

You’re definitely a ham. A social bee who cannot wait to be held and talked to and played with. Anybody – from the office ladies and teachers to the restaurant and coffee shop owners we just met to any student on campus we pass during a break – is lured in by one of your big smiles that scrunches up your nose and turns your eyes in half moons. And you are free with those smiles to the delight of many, my dear boy!

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Goodness…you keep my days busy, my back sore, my face smiling, my arms tired and my heart laughing. We head out in less than two weeks to introduce you to many people back in Washington. We pray that your fun, welcoming spirit won’t get dulled by jet lag because we are so looking forward to sharing you with family and friends. They are very much ready to see you in person, to hold you and to just love on you.

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You are our Taawanh…our bright, strong sun. And like Thai folks like to say after learning your middle name, “How fitting!” You are quite the bearer of light and happiness into many lives, Louis, by simply being who you are — a squirming, smiling baby who reminds people that there’s hope in life. And God knows that there can’t be enough reminders in this world that there is good around us.

I love you,


Letter to Louis | Four Months

Louis, my boy, your dad and I are somehow even more smitten with you than when we first met you. We are pretty sure that one of the reasons for this is that you have discovered the power of a smile.
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You are 4 months and 2 weeks plus 1 day. You are also 16.9 lbs and 25 inches (at least you were at your baby well appointment) of  fun, on-the-go cuddly sweetness. You are an active tank of barely contained energy and curiosity.
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In this last month you have learned that you don’t have to just longingly stare at a toy anymore. Nope, you can reach out and hold onto that object of your desire with your powerful baby grip. You’ve also learned that a well timed grin can get one of us (or any one of your many adoring fans around here) to bring said object to you. You little trickster.
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I love that twinkle in your eye when you smile as if you understand what’s going on in a conversation. I also love how you scrunch your nose up for an all out smile that’s just waiting for a laugh to burst through. (You’ve giggled for your dad during bath time, but we haven’t heard a rumbling guffaw come out of your belly yet.) Another smile I love is the tender one you give to either me or your dad when you look at us.
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You delight in us, and we delight in you. And in this small span of time in life, we all get to share many special moments of knowing and being with one another. I would want to pause life to linger here awhile, but I also am looking forward to what’s to come for our family.

I love you.